Sunday, August 20, 2017

#SneakPeekSunday - Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Title: Gone to Dust
Author: Matt Goldman
Genre: Mystery
Published: August 15, 2017
Publisher: Forge Books
Pages: 304


Set in Minnesota, Gone to Dust is the debut private eye murder mystery from Emmy Award-winning Seinfeld writer Matt Goldman.

A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?

Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.

Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie’s cell phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family--but could she be guilty of murder?

After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far reaching, sinister implications?

Sneak Peek Review

I received a copy of this sneak peek from Forge Books through Netgalley. This is my honest review. 

I got to read about the first six chapters of this book, and it was apparent almost immediately that this is not a genre I typically read (because once again I went into the book blind aside from the title). And I have nothing against mystery novels, it's just not a genre I'm particularly drawn to on a regular basis. That being said, this one has me rather intrigued. You see, I'm forever asking random people "What's the best way to hide a body?" (when they post on Facebook that people can ask them anything, I'm not totally deranged). It's even one of the questions I include in my standard interview form for authors because I find the range of answers intriguing. But this sneak peek has almost made that question obsolete. Why bother hiding the body when you can just easily contaminate all the DNA evidence at the crime scene? I mean, it's kind of brilliant. 

Since this was just a sneak peek, I haven't really gotten very far into the investigation yet. They've barely started questioning potential suspects, so at this point it's really hard to even make a guess as to who the guilty party is (and when I do find myself reading a mystery like this, I always try to guess who the perpetrator is.) In spite of that, I'm guessing that it's the ex-husband's current girlfriend, and I don't even know if the ex-husband even has a current girlfriend at this point. 

So would I buy this book for myself? I have added it to my wish list because I am actually kind of interested in continuing the book to see where the investigation leads, but since it's not a preferred genre for me, I'm not interested enough to continue reading right now. - Katie 

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About the Author

Matt Goldman is an Emmy Award-winning television writer. He wrote two seasons on Seinfeld, as well as many other shows, one as a staff writer and the second as a story editor. Goldman won an Emmy Award for his work on Wizards of Waverly Place, was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for his work on Seinfeld, and received special recognition from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for his contribution to "The Puppy," the Emmy Award-winning episode of Ellen.

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